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SEND Information and Advice Support Service

Havering SENDIASS provide a free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support service offering assistance to parents/carers of children with SEND aged 0-16 years and young people themselves 16-25 years.

Please note that we can support parents/carers of young people who are 16-25 years old if the young person would prefer us to liaise with them rather than themselves or the young person lacks mental capacity. 

Our service can;

  • Provide impartial advice and information
  • Give practical support
  • Explain the different stages of the Education Health and Care Needs Process
  • Read through draft EHCP and assist parents/carers/young people with any amendments that need to be made
  • Accompany parents/carers/young people to meetings to support them and ensure their voice is heard.
  • Negotiating on behalf of parents/carers and young people in appropriate circumstances
  • Providing advocacy for parents/carers and young people between the place of education or Local Authority or other parties if necessary
  • Liaise with other professionals including Social Services
  • Signpost parents/carers and young people to relevant services such as support groups or professional agencies
  • Assist parents/carers and young people to make informed decisions on a range of issues, including identifying suitable schools (however we cannot decide for you or name a school)
  • Provide information on education transfer stages
  • Preparation for Annual Reviews for Education Health and Care Plans

SENDIASS operates at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority. The service provided is impartial and confidentiality will be assured to anyone seeking information, advice and/or support from any representative of the service.   Please complete the contact and consent form on this page if you wish for us to help you.

Independent Supporters

SENDIASS work in partnership with Barnardo's across Havering, to offer advice and support to young people (16-25) with SEND and parents of children with SEND

If you require support from our team please complete our Contact and Consent Form. As we work in partnership with Barnardos we may pass your case to them so that they can provide you with the support you need.

Education Health and Care Plans

Starting from September 2014 Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) began to replace Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments. An EHCP will focus on what a child or young person wants to achieve and what support is needed to achieve this. EHCPs are for children or young people with special educational needs whose needs cannot be met by the support that is usually available in the education setting. An EHCP can remain in place up until the young person is 25 years old, although they will stop if the young person starts University or * Full Time Employment. Please download our sample plan for further guidance in relation to the Education, Health and Care Plan and see the downloads section for more useful guides and information.

 * apart from apprentices

All About Me

As part of the EHCP process you will be asked to complete Section A (All About Me). Section A is where you can provide the views, interests and aspirations of the child or the young person. We have designed a template to help you complete this section, you can download from our downloads section. The template contains a number of questions or prompts that may help you write this section.  We are happy to support you with this or review your information if you wish. 

Contacting SENDIASS

To contact us please complete our online contact and consent form (see external links), please provide as much information as possible. Alternatively you can call us on 01708 433 885. If no-one is available please leave a message and we will return your call within five working days.


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